My Body Became Opressed into a Column may refer to what is known as the ‘atomic shadow,’ a phenomenon pro-duced by the light and heat emitted at the moment of the explosion of an atomic bomb. Where there was a body or an object, today a mark remains. These projections can be found on the floors, walls and other surfaces near the hypocenter of the explosion in Hiroshima.
Monica Bonvicini (Italy, 1965) emerged as a visual artist and started exhibiting internationally in the mid-1990s. Her multifaceted practice investigates the relationship between architecture, power struc-tures, gender and space. Her research translates into works that question the meaning of making art, the ambiguity of language, and the limits and possibilities connected to the ideal of freedom. Dry-humored, direct and imbued with historical, political and social refe-rences, Bonvicini's art never refrains from establishing a critical connection with the sites where it is exhibited, its materials, and the roles of spectator and creator. Since her first solo exhibition at the California Institute of the Arts in 1991, her approach has formally evolved over the years without betraying its analytical force and inclination to challenge the viewer’s perspective while taking hefty sideswipes at patriarchal socio-cultural conventions.